Following the praised heaped on Ben Affleck’s debut as the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. are being proactive in pushing his standalone movie for a much earlier release.

DC and Warner Bros. have already announced their upcoming slate of major movies, taking us up to 2020 and, originally, Batman wasn’t there. However, according to Umberto Gonzalez of Heroic Hollywood, he’s heard that Warner Bros. have made Batman a ‘top priority’ and are now looking to release it ahead of Aquaman, which is set to drop in 2018.

Recently, Affleck admitted the project was in development but he was wary of diving right into it.

Ben Affleck stars as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

“It’s in development, and right now I’m really focused on finishing Live by Night. That’s where my focus is, and I tend to be a one movie at a time guy. So, when I’m finished with this movie, I’ll then focus on my next movie and figure out what that will be.”

The original report claimed the studio was so impressed with Affleck’s performance in Dawn of Justice, they immediately began working on encouraging the actor to extend his deal and keep him as Batman beyond the end of Justice League. There was even rumours that some executives had described Affleck as the ‘definitive Batman.’ That’s hugely exciting for fans.

Affleck to direct, write and star in a Batman movie? That’s something that can’t come quick enough. We’re also excited to see Batfleck pop up in Suicide Squad, cameoing in what we expect to be an explanation of how Robin died before Batman v Superman, in a brutal duel with Jared Leto’s Joker.